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A/C Line has a hole in it.

Well, title says it all. After my body lift, I had to zip tie my a/c line (running from the compressor the drier, under the pulleys) to hold it back from rubbing on the pulleys. Well, I didn't notice, but the top end of the line (the metal part) was rubbing up against the alternator, and it rubbed a hole in it, and now I have no a/c. I'm hoping that replacing that hose, and recharging the system will give me a/c again.

Anybody have experience with replacing this line? How involved is it? Any special tools I will need to buy/rent? With that line having a hole in it... do you think my compressor is still ok? Am I going to have the remainder


On to the pics... the hole is in the bend in that metal line to the left of the alternator. It's hard to see.
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And this is the replacement line I got from a junk yard.
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Thanks in advance for any help you all can provide before I dive into this.
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Once you have the new line on you will have to evacuate the system to remove any air and noncondensables with a vacuum pump. Then you can recharge the system.
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Good to know, thanks. I'm sure i'll end up taking it somewhere to get re-charged, i just dont wanna pay labor to put it on. Hopefully they will know to do that, and i will certainly bring it up.
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Doing a little more research on the subject, it looks like I will probably want to replace the o-rings on the back side of the compressor when I change this hose out. And I think I read that I will need a fuel line disconnect tool to remove the hose from the drier/accumulator... it's held on by a clip and then it's round with what looks like a spring inside of it. Also, if I want to re-charge myself.. I need to either buy or rent a vacuum pump and evacuate the system myself, and then by some cans of refridgerant at pep boys, and I will need the charging hose w/ the gauge on it. Anything I'm not thinking of?

Is there more o-rings than just the ones on the back of the compressor that I'll need to replace? And I'll have to take a closer look at how to get the line off of the condenser as well.

Also, seeing as I have a hole in this line... I shouldn't need to get the refrigerant recovered at a shop should I? I would think it had all leaked out and the system is no longer pressurized? Please correct me if I'm wrong in this assumption... I have never tried to re-charge an A/C system and just want to go into it as informed as possible.

Here is the the ends of the "new" hose I got from the J/Y.

The end going into the condenser.
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The end going into the back of the compressor.
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The end going into the drier/accumulator w/ the spring thing.
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Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks :)

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Also... what should I use to clean the inside of the "new" line... it looks dirty and it was sitting outside in a J/Y for who knows how long... any suggestions there as well?
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Use carb or brake cleaner and compressed air to clean it. Replace the seals for sure, then you can keep your AC.
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